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What can lead to cirrhosis of the liver?

What can lead to cirrhosis of the liver?

Hepatitis, alcohol: Cirrhosis is mainly fibrosis formation on liver (scarring of the liver tissue).Multiple medical conditions can lead to cirrhosis, among the most common are viral hepatitis mainly the chronic type: hepatitis b and c, other common causes are alcohol abuse and less common: hereditary metabolic conditions like wilson disease (cooper deposits) and hemochromatosis iron deposits in liver ; medications. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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What can cause cirrhosis of the liver?

What can cause  cirrhosis of the liver?

Alcohol & viruses: Alcohol abuse, infection with hepatitis viruses b and c and more recently, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (associated with obesity) are the common causes. Others being biliary obstruction, primary biliary cirrhosis, schistosomiasis, hemochromatosis, Alpha 1 anti-trypsin deficiency and wilson disease etc. ...Read more

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What can cause cirrhosis of the liver?

What can cause cirrhosis of the liver?

Many causes: The top 2 causes are viral (hepatitis B or C) or alcohol related. Other causes include, metabolic, genetic, and autoimmune causes. Please see a liver doctor who can test you for the different causes and manage your symptoms. ...Read more

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Could Dilantin cause damage to the pancreas/liver?

Could Dilantin cause damage to the pancreas/liver?

Yes: It is generally recommended that liver function tests be periodically obtained for people on dilantin. ...Read more

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What commonly causes damage to the spine?

What commonly causes damage to the spine?

Varies : It varies. Injuries, over use, arthritic degeneration can all lead to varying degrees of "damage" to the spine as can things like being overweight or smoking. ...Read more

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What can help the liver damage?

What can help the liver damage?

Remove insult: It is difficult to help liver damage, other than removing the insulting agent wether that be a toxin (drug or alcohol) or virus. Vit e has shown some benefit in helping damage done with fatty liver disease, however there is new concern about increasing prostate cancer risk with its use. No herbal medication has consistently proven any benefit. ...Read more

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What can cause liver damage?

What can cause liver damage?

Many causes.: there are entire text books written on possible causes of liver damage. The most common causes in the United States are alcohol, viruses, medications, genetic, and autoimmune processes. Each of these can damage the liver in various ways. If you feel you have liver damage, see your doctor. They may recommend that you see a gastroenterologist also. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can isotretinoin cause damage to the liver? And if yes, to what extent?

Can isotretinoin cause damage to the liver? And if yes, to what extent?

Discusswithyourdoc: Isotretinoin can cause elevated transaminases - enzymes within liver cells. Of all of the organ systems that can be affected by Isotretinoin…that's pretty minor. It's a serious medication that in many countries require a specialist to prescribe. ...Read more

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What is the damage does heroin do to the liver?

What is the damage does heroin do to the liver?

HepatitisB& C common: Amongst heroin users, hepatitis b & c are common due to sharing needles. Untreated, these viruses can slowly kill the liver -> cirrhosis/liver failure/liver cancer. Heroin is cut with other toxic substances, and these substances can affect a number of organs including liver, lungs (talc lung). Heroin is dangerous, and should not be used by anyone. Anyone addicted can seek help from his/her doctor. ...Read more

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What leads to cirrhosis of the liver?

What leads to cirrhosis of the liver?

Many Things: Hepatitis c, fatty liver, and alcohol abuse are the most common causes. Other causes include blockage of the bile duct can cause biliary cirrhosis, inherited diseases such as: cystic fibrosis glycogen storage diseases, Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency, hemochromatosis, and wilson's disease. ...Read more

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What can cause kidney and liver damage?

What can cause kidney and liver damage?

Broad question: Damage to liver by alcohol, hepatitis infections/drugs can affect kidney function. Certain disease like lupus, sarcoidosis, cystic disease , Wilson disease, can affect both organs.The list is long.. Need a specialist to evaluate the cause ...Read more

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What can cause damage in the brain?

What can cause damage in the brain?

The same as for...: ...ANY tissue or organ. Could be vascular, infectious, inflammatory, metabolic, traumatic, nutritional deficiency, endocrine, neoplastic, drug-induced, genetic, mechanical, degenerative...I think that about covers it. That's probably not the sort of answer you wanted, but your question is like asking what causes unhappiness: It's too unfocused to be answered in any other way. ...Read more

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What usually causes getting liver damage?

What usually causes getting liver damage?

See details: Really too numerous to mention. Causes increase infection (especially the various hepatitis viruses), toxins (especially alcohol) and medications. ...Read more

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How serious of an injury is multiple stabs to the bicep? Additionally, specifically what kind of damage can this cause?

How serious of an injury is multiple stabs to the bicep? Additionally, specifically what kind of damage can this cause?

Impossible to answer: Impossible to answer without looking at the wound, but there potentially be damage to everything that is located in the bicep, the muscles, the tendons, the nerves, the blood vessels and the bones. You should get evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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What cause liver damage?

What cause liver damage?

Multiple causes: There are many causes of liver damage. Excess alcohol use is a major cause. Hepatitis and abnormal iron storage can also be the reason. Fat storage in the liver may be a problem if it becomes extensive. Autoimmune diseaes is also a possibility. If you have abnormal liver tests or suspect a problem, you should discuss the situation with your doctor now. ...Read more

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Can isotretinoin cause damage to the liver? And if yes, to what extent?

Discusswithyourdoc: Isotretinoin can cause elevated transaminases - enzymes within liver cells. Of all of the organ systems that can be affected by Isotretinoin…that's pretty minor. It's a serious medication that in many countries require a specialist to prescribe. ...Read more

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Does lack of vitamin d cause any damage to the liver?

Does lack of vitamin d cause any damage to the liver?

Vitamin D and Liver: Nowadays everything is being associated with vitamin d deficiency (rightfully and wrongfully). But liver problems should not be among them. ...Read more

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What causes an liver nflammtion?

Many things ...: There are many causes of liver inflammation - hepatitis viruses, fatty liver, alcohol, genetic diseases, autoimmune diseases - to name some of them. If your liver enzymes are elevated, the cause should be determined. Longstanding liver injury can sometimes lead to cirrhosis. ...Read more

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What causes your liver count be to high?

What causes your liver count be to high?

MANY THINGS: What test do you mean by "liver count"??????? The most common tests are enzymes and high levels are most commonly associated with medications/alcohol but other numbers indicate possible obstructive issues (pancreas/ gallbladder) More info for more direct answer! Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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What is the cause of my inflamed liver ?

What Rx's: Alcohol, medications (you may be allergic, or many "imported holistic herbal pills" are actually liver poisons), hepatitis b or c, wilson's, hemochromatosis, autoimmune hepatitis (200000 cases in the usa alone), infectious mono, or lack of exercise. The last is ruining more good livers today than probably anything else. ...Read more

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Can losing 50lbs cause liver emymes to be more than double?

ELEVATED LFTS: ELEVATED LFTS : has man causes. Rapid weight loss can definitely be a cause. They need to be rechecked monthly and if persistently elevated an abdominal US and further lab work should be done ...Read more

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I have fatty tissue in my liver, what problems could this cause?

I have fatty tissue in my liver, what problems could this cause?

Interesting : It is not the question to ask. The question you should be asking is what is the cause. Too much alcohol can help do this. If someone is very overweight , this can be the cause. This can occur in prediabetic states or in diabetes. It may also be a precursor of cirrhosis. Meds can be the cause of this as well as some infections. There can also be a problem is someone had extreme weight loss. See doc ...Read more

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How is it possible that relatively small <5cm benign lesions in liver can cause discomfort when liver has no pain reporting nerves?

The liver capsule: Which is the thin layer of internal "skin" that surrounds and encloses the livwer does have nerves that sense pain. So if there are areas where the liver is expanding due to smaller lesions or these are close to the liver's capsule then there will be visceral, usually dull vague pain. Other internal structures, like the biliary system (bile ducts) can cause pain if they are blocked. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I had a liver test taken a month ago and it was normal. I took one again and it came out abnormal. Should I be worried? What causes an abnormal test?

I had a liver test taken a month ago and it was normal. I took one again and it came out abnormal. Should I be worried? What causes an abnormal test?

Abnormal liver tests: It is hard to answer this question without more information. What liver tests were abnormal and what were the actual values. There are many things that can cause elevated liver enzymes such as medications, alcohol and infections. You need to follow up with your physician about these abnormal test results. ...Read more

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What causes liver pain?

What causes liver pain?

Swelling: The most common cause of a painful liver is swelling causing stretching of the capsule, or outer portion of the liver. Many times "liver pain" is really pain in the belly from another cause. You should talk to your doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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What causes fatty liver?

What causes fatty liver?

Obesity/bad fat: Obesity is the main cause of fatty liver disease which is now #1 liver illness in america. Excessive food, especially fats causes obesity and thus fatty liver disease. It is reversible if no cirrhosis yet. So, if u have been told so, wt loss, minimize alcohol, avoid drugs will reverse the fatty liver. Live healthy, live well, live long. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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